Indeed, a private tour of Šibenik and Trogir is the perfect way to explore the two most beautiful UNESCO pearls on the central Dalmatian coast. Our experienced local guide will show you the highlights of each city. We will start the morning with a scenic drive from Split along the Adriatic coast. Continuing towards the picturesque town of Trogir, one of the best-preserved Romanesque-Gothic-Renaissance cities in the whole Central Europe. We will explore its beautiful main square with Saint Lawrence cathedral and town loggia and walk through its narrow stone streets and palm trees waterfront. Afterward, we drive to Šibenik town to visit St. James’s Cathedral, one of a kind monument on the UNESCO World Heritage list. Even more, the drive back to Split is on local roads seeing the charming Dalmatian countryside.
The drive from Split to Šibenik is only an hour long. Šibenik is the youngest of the Dalmatian cities and takes great pride in being founded by the Croatian kinds. Few cities can boast a UNESCO heritage site while Šibenik has two. Cathedral of St. James and St. Nicholas’ fort. As can be seen, its Cathedral of St. James has been on the list since 2000 and St Nicholas’ fort since 2017. From time to time, made of stone only, its unique constructions were both bold and unusual for that time. Speaking about the cathedral, Renaissance town hall, Prince’s castle and neighboring churches – are all part of remarkable square, often cited as the most beautiful one in Croatia. While walking through the town, you’ll see many churches and palaces.
Continuing towards the picturesque town Trogir, one of the best-preserved Romanesque-Gothic-Renaissance cities in the whole Central Europe. We will enjoy a nice walk along picturesque stone streets, check the local green market to see some seasonal products. In the fish market, we’ll see what kind of fish has been caught that morning and then stroll the waterfronts where we usually sit to have a coffee and enjoy sunny days. We walk through the ancient UNESCO Heritage city of Trogir and get to know all its main sights: St. Lawrence’s Cathedral with the majestic Radovan’s Portal, Central Square, Town Hall and Town Loggia, North and South Gate.
Is the town’s centerpiece, located in the main square. Built between the XIII and XVII centuries, the cathedral has a rich history. The bell tower alone took 200 years to build, thus becoming a textbook lesson of the Dalmatian architectural styles: Gothic at the bottom, Venetian Gothic in the middle, and Renaissance at the top. The cathedral’s front entry – the ornately decorated, recently restored Radovan’s portal – is worth seeing. Inside, it’s dark, with many altars. The treasury features some beautiful XV-century carved-wood cabinets, filled with ecclesiastical art and gear. The cathedral is included on the UNESCO World Heritage list.
One of the most notable features of the Cathedral is its unique Romanesque door, carved in 1240 by Master Radovan. It is a monumental piece of art of Dalmatian Middle-age plastic. The local architect Master Radovan worked on the cathedral’s gateway (main West portal) during the early stages of its construction. Most of the portal was carved by the master himself. Finished and signed in 1240, it is a unique work of this great Croatian artist. The portal is divided into two parts, upper and lower. The upper part shows scenes from the Gospels, that is, the life of Christ. Human forms dominate the portal. Both the internal and external doorposts rest on the back of bent-over bearers, also the work of Radovan himself. Beside the portal are pictures of Adam and Eve standing on the backs of two lions.
Next, Tiho is our most experienced driver-guide. For years, he has been working for agencies as a chauffeur catering for tourists, business, VIP, and state protocol guests. For this reason, he has been perfecting his driving skills and in various related fields ever since. In General, he is passionate about his work and says that he sees each guest as special. Of course, nothing is too much trouble to ensure the best service possible.
Marin has been passionate about driving ever since he passed his driver’s license. For this reason, he has been perfecting his skills ever since. As a result, he has gained a great deal of experience in driver-client relations. Indeed, he has been to every corner of Croatia and the Balkans and is also very familiar with the region. After all, he found every driving assignment as an opportunity to learn something new and finds enormous pleasure in doing what he does.
During his career as driver-guide, Božo has learned that successful results require hard work and responsibility. In the first place, he is fluent in English and very passionate about his work. Straightaway ready to help, advise information about every important thing along the route, and provide flawless customer service. Indeed, holds two safe driving licenses and safety is also his priority on the road. Finally, when the guests arrive safely at the destination, Božo says it is his best award.